By Charlene Dybas
For The Recorder
With the expanding role and responsibilities of an administrative assistant in today’s modern office environment, have you ever thought about working in a busy medical office or in a bustling business setting? Fulton-Montgomery Community College has the programs and courses needed to start you in this career, get you ahead in your current position or change your job.
Our Medical Administrative Assistant (A.A.S.) degree will give you the abilities needed to work in a doctor’s office, hospital or other healthcare facility. Some of the exciting jobs in these settings include: supervisor of patient access, system analyst, surgical scheduler, medical receptionist, accounts receivable/accounts payable clerk, electronic health recode coordinator, customer service representative, medical coder and claims process. This program provides course work in medical terminology, medical insurance, medical office procedures with transcription and voice recognition, medical coding, and introduction to patient care — all valuable skills for today’s medical office environment.
With our Administrative Assistant (A.A.S.) degree, you can work in a variety of exciting business settings, securing positions as an executive assistant, office assistant, staff assistant, administrative specialist, administrative technician, office coordinator, office manager, or personal assistant.
Both degree programs are designed to develop the technology and administrative skills employers want. The hands-on classroom lessons and activities provide students with real-world practice including proficiency in Microsoft Office 365 and Outlook, Business Math Applications using the latest MS Excel program, Business Communication, Web Design, and Sales and Customer Relations Management. In addition, both programs include the opportunity for a two-credit internship.
At F-MCC, faculty are continually in touch with employers on an annual basis to find out what careers and occupations are in demand and what critical work-based skills are expected of new employees. This consistent communication ensures that our program and course curriculum remain aligned with workplace trends and technology. Local employers have told us that they want employees who can effectively communicate in the workplace, use technology and are proficient in MS Excel. Our programs do just that! I frequently see F-MCC graduates pursuing career opportunities within our local communities.
Many of our students get hired right after they finish their internships!
Here’s what two recent graduates say about their experience at F-MCC: Misty said, “The program broadened my knowledge, motivated me to learn more and made me more valuable to employers. It also gave me the opportunity to find employment in my desired field. The encouragement I received throughout the program gave me the ability and confidence to excel in my career and in everyday life. I couldn’t be more pleased with my decision;” while Deb said, “I’ve used what I learned in the Medical Administrative Assistant program every day, beginning the day I applied for my current position with Nathan Littauer Hospital. I was able to write a great resume, thanks to the Business Communications course. My knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, and medical coding allow me to work with confidence and professionalism, and do my part to maintain the high standards of the hospital. I am proud to say I am a two-time graduate of F-MCC.”
Please contact us today so that we can answer your questions and get you enrolled! Call 518-736-3622, ext. 8301 or visit our website at FMCC.edu. FM – Futures Made. Here!
Charlene Dybas is an assistant professor of Business at F-MCC.